LAPD police officers shoot, kill man armed with a knife who ran towards the officers
On August 27, 2023, around 11:12 a.m., Devonshire Division uniformed patrol officers were in the 18000 block of Malden Street, when they observed an individual, later identified as 24-year-old Angel Ledesma, whom they believed to be loitering near the front door of an apartment complex.
The officers exited their vehicle and began asking Ledesma where he lived. Moments later, Ledesma began running toward the officers while holding a knife in his hand, with the blade pointed toward them. The officers immediately ordered Ledesma to drop the knife; however, Ledesma did not comply. Ledesma continued running towards the officers while still holding the knife, and an OIS occurred.
Ledesma was struck by gunfire, fell to the pavement, and was taken into custody without further incident. The officers at scene immediately rendered aid to Ledesma until the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived. Shortly after, Ledesma was pronounced deceased at scene.
A folding knife with an approximate 2 ¾ inch blade, fixed in the open position, was recovered from the scene and booked as evidence.
No officers nor other citizens were injured during this incident.